You are playing a PR professional in SHAKALAKA BOOM BOOM. How much of a preparation goes in a role like this?
Not much actually. One has to look at role like this not just from a professional but even a personal perspective. If one doesn’t worry too much about just the profession part but concentrates on how an individual may react to situations that Sheena, my onscreen character, finds herself in, it is not difficult to understand the depth.
So what sort of person is Sheena?
She is someone overconfident, arrogant, doesn’t quite forget anything, whether good or bad, believes strongly in her capability of making or breaking an individual and still is quite sensitive at heart. Result of all of this is that she finds herself caught in a web that is as murky as it can.
You seem to be quite happy after working with Suneel Darshan.
Of course, I am. In fact I wish if I could have made a debut in his film. Not that Mr. Khan didn’t present me well enough but then Suneel Darshan has his own style of bringing his women to screen. Look at Bipasha; how gorgeous she looked in BARSAAT, something which she carried forward in DHOOM 2. Not just she looked hot throughout the film; she was oh-so-lovely even in traditional costumes once she appeared in the track ‘Shaadi Jo Kiya’ in the film. Priyanka and Lara were launched with ANDAAZ and it turned out to be a stunning launch pad for them. I am looking forward to working on more projects with Mr. Darshan.
How different is eventually the film?
First and foremost it is set in the entertainment industry; something which is not seen too often in the films being churned out today or from yesterday. Then there are these emotions of insecurity and competition that are the backbone of the film. Let’s face it; we all are insecure at some level or another. There is a sense of competition amongst each of us and most of us would go to any length to make sure that we get what we want by all means.
Are you too a part of something as nasty as this?
[Laughs] Naah, I haven’t done anything that would hurt some other person coming in the way but I certainly have seen that happening around me. Funny part is that this kind of thing happens in each and every field. It’s a dog eat dog world baba and if we say that everything is hunky dory and the world is a peaceful place to live in then I would say that let’s smell the coffee and wake up.
You seem to be getting quite emotional about the whole thing.
And that’s because it is a wild-wild world out there! You take 3 steps ahead and there are people who would push you 5 steps behind. Result is that now you need to take those 2 extra steps to even regain where you were earlier. It is painful but I guess that’s the norm of the world.
Film’s songs have caught on well too. So are you too jiving to the title song that has become quite a rage?
Not just that but even ‘Dil Lagayenge’. Not just because it is picturised on me but it is genuinely a rocking track to dance along. This is a different Himesh Reshammiya that you hear in SLBB. While in my last release RED he created a music which was more of sufi-rock, in SLBB he has got an ideal mixture of different spices. He has come up with good variety of music and this is the reason why the album has been accepted so very well by the audience.
Since you just mentioned RED, one can’t help but ask you this question. Wasn’t it utterly disappointing to see the film faring not doing well at all?
It was; it was. Of course I am highly disappointed, why won’t I be? It is like nurturing a baby for so long only to find that he/she is not accepted by people around you. If someone calls him/her ugly, won’t you feel hurt? I guess it was destiny. The film was close to my heart and I would always regret that it didn’t work.